Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Long Live The Queen!

Well this past weekend, specifically Friday, October 20th at around 8pm, Mildred IX yielded the throne to her successor Mildred XI. (Yes, it may appear there is a skip in the numbering but actually Mildred X was the short-lived Celeron which, now along with Mildred IX, the Athlon XP 1800+, is gathering dust in the closet)

She rocks BTW, and I have had just superior performance from her since last Friday.

Ric is a good boy and only using the account I set up for him in XP...what a nice feature...he can cookie all his boring financial sites to his hearts content and it doesn't affect any of my browser settings. More importantly, I can keep my browsing activity and passwords away from his prying eyes. Not that I don't trust him, but privacy without worries is a nice thing.

Well, again, this system is the bomb so I must go now and further explore her capabilities. I'll post soon on how work is going (pretty well) and other such trivials soon.

'Till then I, and her Royal Majesty bid you adiou. :)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Good Times!!!


Good for you YouTube! (Can I bum a couple million from ya?)

Congratulations YouTube!

Google bought you for over a billion dollars in stock!

Good for you...you filthy rich, lucky bastards!

Nightmares And Dreamscapes

I rarely have nightmares. In fact, I would be hard-pressed to come up with even the last YEAR I had a nightmare that I can remember.

My dreams are usually too boring to even garner interest, actually. I am reminded of the movie "First Family" in which Bob Newhart plays the President of the United States and he is in session with his therapist discussing his most recent dream. It is, as always, just a dream of him, sitting at a table with a bowl of soup, calmly sipping spoonful after spoonful. In fact, it is actually just a bowl of broth. (Soup being too "exciting")

Here's my traditional dream "plot"...I'm in a house I've never been in (sometimes M.C. Escher-esque with dead-end stairways and upside-down rooms) and get fabulous decorating ideas. (I am NOT kidding! How sad.) Or, I am planning on moving from one city to another. (Wait a minute, that's reality...well ya, but it still is that way in my dreams, too!) Or, it is just kinda like a movie...I am not really a constiuent character in the action...I just seem to be primarily a benign observer...and the action is very "story-focused" and "cinematic", played out with mainly strangers or "amalgams" of real people I know...they might look like one person but act like another.

But last night I had a snippet of a dream...that's another quality of many of my dreams...they are disconnected vignettes most of the time. I dreamt I was in a room in a dark laboratory somewhere and there were these scientists in lab coats and they were working on schematics of a machine of some type. I notice the blueprints look like those of an atomic bomb. The technicians are saying things like "it won't get much yield"..."too few atoms are fissable", and others saying "but it will get the job done".

That's it, really...and I might have forgotten the whole 3 minute dream entirely had it not been for the headlines I read on Wikipedia's Top News Stories this morning:

"North Korea claims to have successfully detonated a nuclear weapon in an underground facility."

As I read the article, I see:

"Initial and unconfirmed South Korean reports indicate that the test was a fission device with a yield of .55 kT"

The report states that by comparison, the first plutonium-core bomb tested by the US at the Trinity Site was some 20 kilotons. Even the "primitive" design of the first Indian nuclear bomb was 12 kilotons.

The shock that N. Korea may have been brazen enough to "flip the bird" at the rest of the world is eerie enough...but for me, coupled with this very oddly coincidental dream likely floating into my subconsious in the wee hours of the morning at perhaps the very moment of detonation...well before anyone in the public knew of these events...

Well, I just don't have a good feeling about this one, Mildred!

Cue the "Twilight Zone" theme music:

"Do dee doo da, do dee doo da, do dee doo da..."

Thursday, October 05, 2006

October, Month Of Rebirth

Okay, most people would say...Well, doesn't a springtime month represent rebirth more accurately? Maybe in nature, but in the world of the indoor universe, and quite matter of factly, for me, October has always been a month of renewing.

Let's start with the TV season...

This season "LOST", based on it's opener last night is looking to be another winner and I am again reserving Wednesday nights just for that...

The show immediately following "LOST" is "The Nine", and after watching it last night, it holds promise, but I don't really know if I could watch 2 separate hour-long shows back-to-back and go to bed wondering..."What the fuck did THAT mean?" times TWO!

On Sunday nights, Ric and I are into watching "The Amazing Race" show...we are rooting for the gay couple, even though they cheated this past episode by breaking the rules and were able to stay on the show by the skin of their teeth!

Other areas of Rejuvination!...

At work things seem much more secure and much training is happening this month since we are in the process of migrating our customers into one seemless point of reference for their licensing needs. At first, I think it will be chaos, with virtually all customers and resellers totally confused, but our superior (hopefully) training will allow us to be the educators and prosteletisors of a new Symantec...One Company, One Team! (Sis, Boom, Rah!)

Another aspect of re-birth...

Soon, a coronation will occur...

Tonight, I have made the largest single purchase on the Internet by myself, ever...

From Dell Computers, I've ordered...

Mildred XI

So, don't ever let it be said that when fall comes, rebirth is over...

For me, October means,

Spring Is In The Air!!